David Brooks became an op-ed columnist for The New York Times in September, 2003. He has been a senior editor at The Weekly Standard, a contributing editor at Newsweek and the Atlantic Monthly, and he is currently a commentator on The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer. He is the author of Bobos In Paradise: The New Upper Class and How They Got There and On Paradise Drive: How We Live Now (And Always Have) in the Future Tense, both published by Simon & Schuster.
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Brooks and Collins discuss the recent RNC report and the current crop of prospective Republican presidential candidates.
A second GOP would be filled with people who recoiled at President Obamas second Inaugural Address because of its excessive faith in centralized power, but who dont share the absolute antigovernment story of the current GOP.
The Republican Party has a long way to go before it revives itself as a majority party.
If you listened to the Republican candidates this year, you heard a conventional set of arguments. But if you go online, you can find a vibrant and increasingly influential center-right conversation.
Conservatism has lost the balance between economic and traditional conservatism.
This is the source of Republican extremism: the conviction that the governing model is obsolete. It needs replacing.